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'Shlebby' helps Jimmies soar

University of Jamestown's Ryley Bedard boots the ball forward during soccer action Monday against Providence University. John M. Steiner / The Sun

"Shlebby" had a good day Monday for University of Jamestown women's soccer.

The Californian tallied a pair of goals and an assist during the Jimmies' 10-0 victory over the Providence Pilots at Jimmie Turf Field. But how did senior midfielder Shelby Webb end up with such a unique moniker?

"One time when we were away for a game they messed up my name, twice," Webb said. "One time they called me Shelly and one time they called me Shlebby, and it just stuck ever since then."

The convincing victory was Jamestown's third in a row to start the 2018 season. Kirstyn Aldridge, Juliet Ramirez and Diana Zubieta each found the back of the net twice as well, as the Jimmies outshot the Pilots 31-0 and 10 total players contributed in the scoring.

Jimmie women's soccer coach Nick Becker was pleased with the offensive success. The Jimmies dropped three 1-0 matches, two in overtime, to ranked opponents during last year's 14-win campaign.

"We were in the games, we'd just be a half-second, or a half-foot off of putting the ball in the back of the net," Becker said. "Coming out and firing a couple goals in this game certainly helps. I think it was definitely a confidence booster for us, even for some of our older players who haven't found the back of the net but have been real close."

Providence University (1-1-0), of Manitoba, Canada, was coming off a 1-0 win Sunday over Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D. Jamestown (3-0-0) kicked off the fall with a 3-1 victory at 18th-ranked Central Methodist (Mo.) last Friday.

Jamestown was ranked as high as 22nd in the NAIA top 25 coaches' poll last season, but received just three votes in the 2018 national preseason poll.

"I don't think it's disrespectful, I think it gives us more of a drive to prove them wrong and that we are the better team and we do deserve to be there," said Webb, who calls Alta Loma home. "The goal is win conference, win the conference tournament and go to nationals.

"Just work as hard as we can, be a team together—communicate—and we'll get it done."

The Jimmies have another early-season test Friday at 10th-ranked Columbia College (Mo.). The Columbia Cougars used a penalty kick to edge the Jimmies 1-0 last season.

"Winnable game," Becker said. "We've just got to show up and put the work in."

The Jimmies are ranked fourth of 13 teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason coaches' poll. Conference play begins Sept. 19 at Northwestern (Iowa).

(RV) Jamestown 10, Providence University (Canada) 0

SCORING: 1. J, Yanet Miranda (Dianne Miranda), 1st minute; 2. J, Kirstyn Aldridge, 7th; 3. J, Aldridge (Shelby Webb), 20th; 4. J, Webb (D. Miranda), 22nd; 5. J, Webb, 18.07, 27th; 6. J, Juliet Ramirez (Diana Zubieta), 37th; 7. J, Zubieta (Makaylah Lane-Adams), 40th; 8. J, Ramirez, 70th; 9. Lateasha Hughes (Allison Best), 71st; 10. Zubieta (Claire Struble), 76th.

GOALKEEPER SAVES: P, Morgan Andrews 9. J, Lauren Sayler 0; Sophie Ledger 0.

RECORDS: Jamestown 3-0-0. Providence 1-1-0.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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